Love and the Private Eye

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Love and the Private Eye
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Premiere date: January 28, 1972
Run time: 22:16
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writers: Ray Allen and Harvey Bullock
Directors: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
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"Love and the Private Eye" is a segment in an episode of Love, American Style season three, with the intention of being a back-door pilot to an adult spy comedy that failed to become fully realized. It aired on January 28, 1972 on ABC. It was written by Ray Allen and Harvey Bullock, produced Alan Rafkin, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and directed by Hanna and Barbera, the co-founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions. Hanna-Barbera didn't forget the idea of a private investigator, which may have morphed into the tamer Inch High, Private Eye, which began a year later.

Private investigator and master of disguise Melvin Danger looks into the murder of his recent client.

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Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Melvin Danger Richard Dawson
Williams Leonard Weinrib
Peggy Mason Cynthia Adler
George Hammond Robert Holt
Garbage man #1 Unavailable
Garbage man #2 John Stephenson
Tangerine Glick Mitzi McCall
Police captain Unavailable
Mrs. Hammond Unavailable
Mike Riker John Stephenson
Carl Best Unavailable
Frank John Stephenson



  • Earth
    • United States
      • Hammond Industries HQ
      • Melvin Danger's offices
      • Mrs. Hammond's residence
      • Riverside Avenue
        • Peggy Mason's residence


  • Nothing of importance


  • Melvin's car




It was copyrighted in 1971.


The score was composed by Hoyt Curtin. It was edited by Pat Foley.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: January 28, 1972 on ABC

Behind the scenes

  • Melvin and Williams's voices are styled after actors, Humphrey Bogart and Terry Thomas, respectively.
    • The names outside of the hotel Melvin rents an office are called Casablanca Street and Sierra named after the films Casablanca and either The Treasure of the Sierra or High Sierra, films that Bogart starred in.
  • Like other Hanna-Barbera series at the time, it also had its own laugh track.
  • This was the first of two pilots Hanna-Barbera tested through Love, American Style, but whereas this failed, the second one entitled "Love and the Old-Fashioned Father", led to the fully realized series Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, which lasted three seasons.


  • The captain calls Frank an officer, when he looks more like a detective.

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